Windows 10 Benefits for Businesses

A New Era of Windows

While some were just getting used to Windows 8, many were against the changes that it brought. Some found the layout and new UI difficult to work with, and file keeping could be a nightmare. With all of the voices of discontent, Microsoft responded. They skipped Windows 9 altogether, and went straight for the endgame. They introduced the world to the Windows 10 Operating System. It brought with it some familiar features, reintroduces some reinvented classics, and an all new well-integrated, productivity-boosting UI. According to Microsoft, the software will be continually updated automatically, saving you from having to invest in the latest version of Windows that Microsoft has to offer.

Layout & Design Interface

The first thing those using their computer for business reasons will notice, is the reintroduction of the classic Windows Start Menu. Windows 10 seamlessly integrates the Windows 8 Live Tiles, into an easily accessible start menu with the option to not use. The classic start menu, however, is now upgraded to meet time constraints when it comes to your work tasks.

Full Voice Control & Cortana Virtual Assistant

One of Windows 10’s new features, is the voice control function and the integrated virtual assistant, Cortana. These two work function hand-in-hand, while also leaving you the option of inputting text commands for a retro approach. The best part about it is, the choice remains yours. For tasks you need completed on the fly, your virtual assistant can multitask and can provide you with answers, updates, and information right when you need them.

Organic File Search

Organic file search, or natural file search, can help you to retrieve the file you need without any complications, hassles, or delays. File Explorer from past OS’s did not work the way they were expected to. They were limited in a great many ways. However, the new file search can be done through Cortana, just by asking “Show me a list of the files I have worked over the past week”, and Cortana will retrieve the list exactly as commanded. Cortana can also find files stored in the cloud on your One Drive, and can retrieve documents and files from a keyword. It’s really that easy.

Snapping, Task View, and the Introduction of Continuum

Snapping allows you to snap up to four Windows Apps together across your screen to make multitasking easier than ever. This functionality has been greatly improved upon since past iterations.

View allows you to view all open tabs at one time, and on one screen. Choosing between Windows is a breeze, especially if your device is touch screen. But that’s not all. Windows 10 gives you the option of creating more than one virtual desktop. This means, once the Task View is open, you can simply click to create another fresh virtual desktop, while the other is resting safely in the background. You can return to it at any time, or create more, just by entering Task View and choosing the desktop you need.

Continuum allows users the freedom of choice. In the past, Windows 8 deprived users of the choice of operating like a tablet, or a desktop. It was frustrating for many, to say the least. Windows 10 and its introduction of Continuum provides users with the option of switching back and forth from tablet to desktop mode. This can be extremely helpful in the workplace, especially where 2-1 hybrids are used.

Alerts, Notifications, & Settings

Alerts and Notifications are further simplified, taking a page from the Smartphone playbook. Windows 10 gathers all of your alerts and notifications and places them into one easy to manage – and access – tab. At the push of a button, all of your alerts and notifications lay in waiting.

Settings has also been reorganized. Previous operating systems had the Control Panel, which was often too complex for the layman. Windows 10 now has everything laid out, organized, and simplified.

Windows has successfully created an OS that can be used by just about anyone, making it ever useful when it comes to businesses that rely on speed, precision, and efficiency. 


Top Priorities in IT for 2016

Changing Priorities in IT

Over the past decade and a half, businesses across most every industry have become more and more comfortable with – and dependent upon – digital technologies. Because of this, and the ever changing landscape of technological innovation, information technology priorities are constantly changing. Because of the new outlook on cloud computing, in fact, many companies are even looking at reduced spending on their technology infrastructure going into 2016. Rethinking cybersecurity is another measure that falls into the top priority list for the coming year, as many companies are currently relying on “failsafe” models that actually can, and probably will, fail. Lastly, prioritizing speed to market & technology change response times will change the way companies operate in the New Year.

Cloud Computing

The prioritizing of cloud computing in the coming year is based on several benefits that exist, but are not widely exploited. Cloud computing enables businesses to streamline their internal processes. This allows for a larger volume of output, the use of less people to carry out the tasks, and also increases productivity while minimizing personnel training.

Talented people exist all over the world. Cloud computing enables the utilization of a remote workforce. The use of a remote workforce cuts the costs of relocation, transportation, and training. Anyone with an internet connection can access the cloud, therefore, businesses now have the added benefit of accessing talent from anywhere in the world…and that might be just the tip of the iceberg.

Cyber Security

According to the majority of CISOs (Chief Information Security Officers), most companies will face some form of cyber-attack in the next year. The biggest mistake being made today is many companies do not feel they will be targeted. They feel that because they are not in banking or debt, their company may have nothing to offer.

This is naivety.

Every business has something to offer criminals. In fact, some hackers launch these attacks as a hobby. Not being prepared for an attack on any level is a mistake most companies cannot afford to make. However, most companies are not taking the proper precautions when it comes to their cyber security model. Investing in hygiene measures, according to many experts on cyber security, will provide the biggest ROI in regards to defenses against new and/or unknown cyber threats. This model will not only increase IT’s ability to block these attacks, but continues by providing better visibility of cyber-attacks.

Speed to Market & Technology Change Response Times

Standard IT infrastructure, in regards to planning and implementation, avoids commitments that exceed a year to a year and a half scale. Most focus on shorter lifecycle solutions that run smaller scale. However, infrastructure changes, when it comes to service models, development, and the implementation of new technologies, can accelerate speed to market functions.

In order to get ahead, and stay ahead, of competitors, IT companies should altogether avoid standardized IT systems. Adaptive IT means to reallocate system and personnel resources in order to execute changes immediately as new technologies surface. Not holding to a standardized system also assists in addressing the needs of stakeholders faster, allowing for continued service development through reorganization. This form of flexibility continues by allowing teams to switch between projects that require a different pace of development. Some companies are currently adapting these policy shifts, but at a slow pace. Doing so now will leave openings for adapting to technological changes in preparation for the top priorities in IT for 2016.